The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 01884
Date: 17 April 1903
Author: James Guthrie[1]
Place: Glasgow
Recipient: JW
Place: [London]
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler G249
Document Type: ALS

7. Woodside Place

Ap: 17. / 1903.

Dear Mr. Whistler,

Thank you very much for your generous message. It was rich reward for any little effort of mine!

To-day by appointment I saw the Principal[2], who only returned last night. He [p. 2] was most kind & gave his word that the degree wd: be conferred on Tuesday - in absentia -

I said if anything cd. increase yr: appreciation (& ours) of the honour done to Art it wd: be this handsome gift of it to one who was absent. [p. 3] I asked permission to let you know. It was at once given & the Principal said - 'but I must myself write to tell Mr Whistler.'

As for me if I can leave Edinburgh in time (I go there on Monday) I mean to be at the ceremony to wave my [p. 4] cap for the new Doctor of Laws!

Newbery[3] has been at great pains all through to see that things went well - & Miss Story[4] - who was very loyal - is much pleased by your kind message -

With greetings to Miss Philip[5],
Ever Yours Sincerely

James Guthrie

I write[6] in haste that you may get this tomorrow. Please do not trouble to reply -

[JG?] -

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1.  James Guthrie
James Guthrie (1859-1930), landscape and portrait painter [more]. See also his telegram, #01883.

2.  the Principal
Robert Herbert Story (d. 1907), Principal of the University of Glasgow [more].

3.  Newbery
Francis Henry Newbery (1855-1946), painter, Director of Glasgow School of Art [more].

4.  Miss Story
Miss Story, the daughter of R. H. Story.

5.  Miss Philip
Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), JW's sister-in-law [more].

6.  I write...
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